Melbourne Cup Carnival Guide

Seven has released all the broadcast details for the Melbourne Cup Carnival  which kicks off this weekend.

The Carnival jumps out of the barriers on Saturday with what many racing purists consider the best single day of thoroughbred racing in Australia. Victorian racing’s premier three-year-old classic, the Victoria Derby is the feature event for stayers over 2500m. It’s the only all-Group race day on the calendar and includes three other Group 1 races the Mackinnon Stakes, Myer Classic and Coolmore Stud Stakes.

Two days before the nation’s greatest race, our experts examine all the form in our special Melbourne Cup Preview Show on Sunday morning. From the locals to the internationals, our team of experts hosted by Bruce McAvaney dissect and analyse every Cup hopeful to help you back a winner.

Melbourne viewers will also see the annual Melbourne Cup Parade on Monday. Tens of thousands of fans will line Swanston St for this highly anticipated parade of thoroughbreds, jockeys, trainers and celebrity guests, hosted by Seven News Melbourne presenter Peter Mitchell with experts Simon O’Donnell and Michael Felgate.

After that it’s the first Tuesday in November, which means only one thing to Australians: the Melbourne Cup. The nation’s greatest race, a handicap run over ‘two miles’, attracts thoroughbred horses from around the globe as trainers and owners look to etch their name in racing history. Every year drama, intrigue and stories unfold around the Cup with winners coming from all walks of life.

Oaks Day and Stakes Day, on Thursday and Saturday respectively, round out arguably the best racing carnival in the world. The latest in fashion, colour and flair is celebrated on  Oaks Day, with the feature race the Group 1 Oaks for three-year-olds. While families are again expected to flock to Stakes Day to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere for the VRC’s premier 1600m race.

Seven’s coverage will be hosted by Bruce McAvaney, Francesca Cumani, Simon Marshall and Simon O’Donnell.

Peter Donegan will have all the latest in the mounting yard, Pat Welsh in the betting ring and Australia’s premier race caller Greg Miles will call all the action on the track. Joh Griggs, Edwina Bartholomew, Bec Maddern, Hamish McLachlan, Rachael Finch, Jason Richardson, Michael Felgate and Neil Kearney will bring all the colour, news and personalities from around the track. Sam Hyland will have all the interviews with the winning jockeys. Basil Zempilas will be Master of Ceremonies.

BROADCAST TIMES

Saturday October 31 Victoria Derby Day

Sydney 11am LIVE on Channel 7, 5.30pm LIVE on 7TWO

Melbourne 11am LIVE on Channel 7, 6pm LIVE on 7TWO

Bris / Qld 10am LIVE on Channel 7

Adelaide 10.30am LIVE on Channel 7

Perth 8am LIVE on 7TWO, 9am LIVE on Channel 7

 

Tuesday November 3 Melbourne Cup Day

Sydney 10am LIVE on Channel 7

Melbourne 10am LIVE on Channel 7

Bris / Qld 9am LIVE on Channel 7

Adelaide 9.30am LIVE on Channel 7

Perth 7am LIVE on 7TWO, 9am LIVE on Channel 7

 

Thursday November 4 Oaks Day

Sydney 11.30am LIVE on Channel 7

Melbourne 11.30am LIVE on Channel 7

Bris / Qld 10.30am LIVE on Channel 7

Adelaide 11am LIVE on Channel 7

Perth 8.30am LIVE on 7TWO, 9am LIVE on Channel 7

 

Saturday November 6 Stakes Day

Sydney 11.30am LIVE on Channel 7, 5.30pm LIVE on 7TWO

Melbourne 11.30am LIVE on Channel 7

Bris / Qld 10.30am LIVE on Channel 7

Adelaide 11am LIVE on Channel 7

Perth 8.30am LIVE on 7TWO, 9am LIVE on Channel 7